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Dracula Tour in Transylvania

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS STUDY TRIP

 

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Departure: Bucharest

the awarded Halloween Tour in Transylvania

Highlights

Snagov Monastery - where, according to the legend, Vlad the Impaler was buried after his assassination

The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov - it was here that Vlad led raids against the Saxon merchants

Bran Castle - also known as Dracula’s Castle, a legendary Transylvanian fortress dating back to 1377

Sighisoara Medieval Citadel - the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe with a UNESCO World Heritage status, Vlad the Impaler’s birth place

Dracula's Castle in Borgo Pass -a hotel built upon Bram Stoker’s story, on the border of Transylvania, accommodation, candle lit dinner and a camp fire with all the right stories

Poienari Fortress - Vlad’s old and faithful citadel perched high on a cliff, more than 1000 stairs to climb.

Sibiu - one of Romania’s most beautiful medieval cities, the former European capital of Culture in 2007, and the place where Vlad’s son is buried.

 

Day by day itinerary

Arch of Triumph BucharestDay 1, Bucharest
Welcome to Romania! Our English speaking guide welcomes you at the Bucharest Airport.
To have a complete picture of the Romanian capital you’re invited to enjoy a delicious traditional welcome dinner. Accommodate in a charming 3* hotel.

 

 

 



Snagov Monastery, RomaniaDay 2, Bucharest - Snagov - Bran - Brasov (289 km, 5h 20min driving) 
Visit Snagov Monastery, according to the legend, Vlad Dracul was buried here after his assassination. The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece.

Drive to Bran Village and explore Transylvania’s symbol, Bran Castle. The edifice owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Documentary evidence of the castle dates back to 1377. A true fortress and once a fort guarding a commercial road, all its walls are made of stone and the rooms and narrow corridors form a labyrinth of hidden corners and secret chambers. In 1920, Queen Mary, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, turned the castle into a beautiful summer residence. Close to the castle there is a shrine set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered her heart. The strong-hearted can also visit Horror Castle, situated in the vicinity of Dracula's Castle.

Enjoy a medieval dinner at a Dracula themed restaurant and then return to Brasov, where you will accommodate in a 3* hotel.

 

 

Dracula's Castle-in a Halloween TourDay 3, Brasov - Prejmer - Sighisoara (144 km, 2h 10 min driving)

Visit Brasov, a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere which has played a vital role in Romania’s history, both old and new. Three quarters of the city is surrounded by mountains, and it is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Visit the most famous landmark of Brasov, the Black Church – the largest gothic edifice in Southern Europe dating back to 14th century. Initially called St. Virgin Mary, the church was renamed after the great fire in 1689 that blackened its walls. It hosts the largest bell in the country as well as a collection of oriental carpets dating back to 15th and 18th centuries.

After you are done exploring Brasov, you will drive to Prejmer and visit the Fortified Saxon Church in Prejmer, UNESCO world heritage Site.

Sighisoara citadel

Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara. Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe’s most beautiful and still inhabited fortified cities with UNESCO European heritage site status. Sighisoara Medieval Citadel is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was born. Submerge yourself in the medieval atmosphere by visiting Sighisoara’s main attractions: The Clock Tower – built in 1360 and standing 60 meters tall on top of the citadel's hill, it hosts a museum and offers a great view over the citadel. The Torture Room –this small but interesting museum is housed at the foot of the Clock Tower in the same room where prisoners were tortured and confessions were extorted during the Middle Ages. Some of the amazing torture instruments and methods are on display. The Medieval Weapon Collection – very small but it contains an interesting selection of medieval weapons (swords, arrows, etc.). Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ.

Conclude your day with an exquisite dinner in Casa Vlad Dracul Restaurant, the very place where Vlad Dracul was born, turned today into a cozy restaurant.

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Sighisoara.

 


Halloween in TransylvaniaDay 4, Sighisoara - Bistrita - Borgo Pass ( 198 km, 3h 25 min driving)

Bistrita, the place where Jonathan Harker supposedly had dinner at Golden Crown .

Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass - 3* hotel built in accordance to Bram Stoker's imagination on the border between Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina, in a breathtaking natural setting. After visiting Dracula's coffin, you'll enjoy a candle lit dinner at the castle followed by a fire camp near by, with all the right stories for a night to remember.

 

 


Halloween Party in SighisoaraDay 5, Borgo Pass - Cluj-Napoca (175 km, 3h driving)

Head back to Transylvania, to visit the city of Cluj Napoca, Transylvania’s historic capital, the 3rd largest Romanian city tracing its origins back to the 2nd century AD. Cluj is an important university centre housing the largest and most diverse university in Romania. Among major highlights Saint Michael’s Cathedral is a must see – one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Romania.

Enjoy a city Tour of Cluj Napoca revealing beautiful medieval buildings such as Saint Michael’s Cathedral.

Drive to Turda and delight yourself with a vampire menu for dinner, a delicious reason to travel to Transylvania and attend the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead (as seen on Travel Channel)  performed according to the old funeral rituals in Transylvania. The event is meant to reveal who was dwelling the magic realms of Transylvania prior to Bram Stocker’s vampires.

 



Halloween PartyDay 6, Cluj Napoca - Sibiu ( 167 km, 2h, 35 min driving)

Village Museum, the largest outdoor exhibition of peasant settlements from all over Romania.  

Visit the city of Sibiu – the fortified town of Sibiu has always been the centre of Romania's German minority since medieval times and it is one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. The city contains one of the largest concentrations of tourist attractions in Romania. Home of many beautiful parks which brilliantly connect with the medieval buildings. The city has two levels: the 'upper town', which contains most of Sibiu's historic sights, and the 'lower town', which is a charming wasteland of old houses and cobbled squares.
Connecting the upper and lower towns are dozens of tunnels, stairways and hidden passageways. The Large Square (Piata Mare) marks the heart of the city and it's home to shops, restaurants, pubs and some top tourist attractions. Enjoy a walk on the famous Bridge of Liars, visit the Evangelical Cathedral, an impressive gothic structure with five pointed towers dating back to 1520. On the steps of the cathedral, Vlad the Impaler’s son, prince Mihnea the Evil was stabbed to death. His tomb can be visited inside the cathedral.


Halloween Tour in TransylvaniaDay 7, Sibiu - Poienari - Curtea de Arges - Arefu  (180 km, 3h 40 min driving)

Enjoy a morning visit of Curtea de Arges Monastery. Curtea de Arges, one of the oldest Romanian cities, founded in the 14th century by the Romanian ruler Neagoe Basarab. According to the legend, after building the monastery the mason, Manole was sacrificed by the Romanian Ruler, to make sure that there will be no other monastery built to challenge in beauty the one in Curte de Arges. The monastery is unbelievably beautiful.

Poienari Fortress - Vlad's old and faithful fortress. The fortress located close to Fagaras Mountains, on a canyon formed by Arges River is perched high on a cliff, in fact a steep precipice. To visit the impressive fortress and admire the unique and breathless view from the top you’ll need to climb 1426 stairs.

Transfer to the village of Arefu where Dracula legends are still told. According to the legend when the Turks attacked and took over the Poenari Castle in 1462, it was the villagers of Arefu who helped Vlad escape.

Accommodation: 4* Hotel/Pension

Optional: Vidraru Dam, situated at about 9 km away from Arefu, the sixth largest dam in Europe and the ninth tallest one in the world.

 

 

Halloween Tour in TransylvaniaDay 8, Arefu - Bucharest (180 km, 2h 35 min driving)

Visit Targoviste – Princely Court. Visit the ruins of Vlad Tepes old court situated on the right bank of Ialomita River situated in the former capital of Walachia County

Travel to Bucharest and accommodate at a 3* hotel. In the evening, attend a farewell dinner.

 

 

 

 

Day 9, Bucharest

Trasnfer to the airport

 

 

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Testimonials

Halloween in Transylvania Tour
I just wanted to let you know that we all enjoyed the trip very much. Our guide, Sorin, was very knowledgable with a great sense of humor, and our driver, Stephan, was very skilled, and also very personable. As I mentioned, all in all, we had a wonderful time and are very happy that we chose Transylvania Live. I also wanted to let you know that it was really nice to meet the people from Transylvania Live during our party in Turda. I will be sure to recommend you to any friends who might ask about Romania. Thank you again for all of your help, and most of all your patience with all of my many questions!!! Multumesc!!!!
Damon B, New York, NY, USA

 

Sorin, group leader says: It’s a great satisfaction for me to guide this tour and share all my knowledge on Transylvania’s history and legends, and also create a special fairytale, funny atmosphere.

 

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